Mercedes-Benz Reveals EQV Long-Range Concept MPV

MAR 5 2019 BY MARK KANE 22

The premium, all-electric MPV for the not-too-distant future

Mercedes-Benz – as expected – presents in Geneva its all-new Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV, which is the latest all-electric EQ model that in the near future will be followed by a series-production version.

The 8-seat MPV received quite a big battery pack of 100 kWh, installed in the vehicle’s underfloor. Therefore, the entire interior space is available without restriction.

Such a big battery, of course, translates into long-range of up to 400 km (250 miles) under an undisclosed test cycle. It features the capability to replenish 25% (100 km/62 mi) within 15 minutes. The 150 kW of electric motor output also sounds appropriate for the MPV.

From the design perspective, both the interior and exterior undoubtedly belong to the new EQ style.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV specs:

  • 100 kWh battery pack
  • up to 400 km (250 miles) of range
  • 150 kW electric motor
  • front-wheel drive
  • fast charging – 100 km (62 miles) in 15 minutes at DC fast charger
  • top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph)
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV 2019
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Press release:

World premiere of the Concept EQV

Concept EQV: Mercedes-Benz is providing an insight into the electric future of the premium MPV

  • The world’s first MPV in the premium segment to feature a purely battery-electric drive system
  • Battery capacity of 100 kWh ensures a range of up to 400 kilometres
  • Interior and exterior with the design idiom of the EQ product and technology brand
  • Announcement of a series-production version in the near future

March 2019

Stuttgart/Geneva – World premiere for the first purely battery-electric MPV in the premium segment: with the Concept EQV, Mercedes-Benz has combined locally emission-free mobility with impressive driving performance, maximum functionality and aesthetic design. The new concept vehicle will be presented for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show from 7 to 17 March 2019. Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to release a series-production vehicle on the basis of the Concept EQV in the not-so-distant future.

Technical highlights of the vehicle include a range of up to 400 kilometres and rapid charging to enable a range of 100 kilometres within just 15 minutes. What’s more, the vehicle offers the greatest possible level of comfort in its interior and maximum functionality, for example thanks to the diverse range of possible seating configurations.

Accordingly, the concept vehicle has a broad range of potential applications covered. For example, in the private sphere, families or sports enthusiasts benefit from its great functionality and variability. Meanwhile, for VIP transport tasks, the vehicle offers an impressive comprehensive range of equipment and convinces with an especially pleasant ride comfort.

“Mercedes-Benz Vans is consistently advancing the electrification of its product portfolio. With the Concept EQV, we are now taking the next step. The concept offers all of the brand-typical attributes familiar from this segment which Mercedes-Benz customers have come to know, appreciate and also expect. As a family companion, a leisure-time adventurer or a shuttle vehicle with lounge ambience, the combination of these characteristics with a battery-electric drive mean the Concept EQV is a concept car with a future. And so we’re particularly excited that we will soon be able to offer a series-production model on the basis of this concept”, explains Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The Concept EQV is representative of the consistent development of the “EQ” technology brand. Mercedes-Benz founded the technology brand in 2016, kicking off with the “Concept EQ”. At the 2017 IAA, the Concept EQA followed in the compact segment. In September 2018, the brand presented its first series-production vehicle: the EQC electric drive SUV. The Concept EQV will expand the model range by a premium MPV for up to eight occupants. 150 kW motor with 100 kWh capacity delivers a range of up to 400 kilometres

The Concept EQV features a compact electric drivetrain (eATS) on the front axle with an output of 150 kW. The electric motor, the transmission with fixed transmission ratios, the cooling system and the power electronics form
a compact and integral unit.

Energy is supplied by a lithium-ion battery. Thanks to a capacity of 100 kWh, a maximum range of up to 400 kilometres is realistic. And with a top speed of 160 km/h, it ensures superior driving pleasure even out of town.

The concept vehicle can be conveniently charged at home using a Mercedes-Benz wallbox or a regular household plug socket. For even more flexibility in your daily routine, there is also a rapid charging function: within just 15 minutes, the battery can be charged with sufficient energy for a range of around 100 kilometres.

No concessions when it comes to functionality

MPVs from Mercedes-Benz meet the highest of demands of functionality and variability. And in these areas, the fully electric variant makes no concessions either. By installing the battery in the vehicle’s underfloor, the entire interior space is available without restriction.

Thus, when equipped with six individual seats, for example, the Concept EQV makes for a representative shuttle vehicle which fulfils all of the requirements of VIP transport. Further seating configurations make the vehicle a practical family companion about town as well as allowing for easy transport of sports and outdoor equipment. With the Concept EQV, Mercedes-Benz is offering an extremely flexible, fully-electric vehicle concept which can easily be converted to a 7 or even 8-seater with the addition of individual seats or seat benches.

As a member of the EQ family, the Concept EQV also benefits from the comprehensive scope of the technology brand’s electromobility ecosystem. This starts with comprehensive advice and a range of services, right up to the charging infrastructure and even a modified navigation system which takes into account the charge level of the battery. There will also be apps which, for example, enable control of the pre-entry climate control or cash-less payments at public charging stations.

EQ design idiom makes for an unmistakable appearance

A connecting element on all EQ vehicles is their design. The EQ brand boasts an impressively avant-garde and independent set of aesthetics. “The Concept EQV embodies our ‘Progressive Luxury’ approach by merging the analogue and digital worlds into a single entity. The EQ design idiom provides the vehicle with its unmistakeable appearance and has some impressively progressive shapes”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. ”

And in the interior, too, the cool aesthetics of the exterior continue, being supplemented by warm accents, like those in rose gold, which underline the whole “Welcome Home” effect. The focus in the cockpit of our Concept EQV is on the new and intuitive MBUX system.” The dynamic exterior design with its new electro-look emphasises the focus on the powerful electric drive system. At its heart is a radiator grille with chrome inserts and an LED band – typical characteristics of the EQ design idiom.

The whole exterior is painted in high-tech silver while the bumper delivers an unmistakeable appearance thanks to large air inlets and two broad chrome inserts positioned towards the outer edges. LED headlamps underline the presence and sporty direction of the concept vehicle. This impression is enhanced thanks to the tidy profile as well as by the 19-inch light-alloy wheels which, even at a standstill, look dynamic.

Elegant, technoid cockpit with warm accents

The age of electromobility does not just shape the bodywork of the EQ concept vehicle. In the interior, too, the cool aesthetics of the exterior continue. In the elegantly technoid cockpit, the focus is on uncomplicated and intuitive operation. The basis of the interaction between man and machine is formed by the MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) which unites a self-learning voice control system with innovative connectivity features.

In keeping with the EQ brand design, the leather look of the dashboard in “Midnight Blue” is supplemented by the trend colour rose gold which is reminiscent of copper wires. This creates warm accents and underlines the “Welcome Home” effect of the interior. Particularly eye-catching are the coloured styling elements of the frame components. On the infotainment and sound system, rose gold exudes elegance and warmth, meanwhile the touchpad and light switch feature “dark chrome” surrounds and the air vents are encapsulated in “silver shadow”. Blue nappa leather covers the armrests, with rose gold topstitching creating an interesting contrast. The same effect is created by the topstitching along the seats. Furthermore, the use of black nappa leather on the seat cushions and dark-blue elements on the seat backrests sees different colour components being implemented. As a result, the whole interior offers a contrasting division: blue is the dominant design colour on the upper side of the dashboard while black is prevalent on its underside – not only is it elegant but it highlights the technological nature of the interior. In the areas above, along the line of sight from outside the vehicle, the blue design features of the seat backrests are an instant eye-catcher.

EQ – the electromobile ecosystem from the vehicle right up to the charging infrastructure

The EQ product and technology brand stands for a comprehensive electromobile ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. The spectrum ranges from electric vehicles to wallboxes and even as far as charging services and charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, the name EQ stands for “Electric Intelligence” and is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values “Emotion and Intelligence”. Amazement and fascination are as much a part of it as the holistic solutions themselves which offer the greatest possible benefit to customers through the use of the latest technology. The comprehensive electrification strategy being pursued in the product portfolio allows Mercedes-Benz to provide an even broader experience of the EQ product and technology brand to customers.

This starts with the wide-ranging electrification of the modern combustion engine – also known as mild hybrids – which use the “EQ Boost” technology.

A further and very important component is the continued plug-in hybrid offensive being pursued.

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22 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz Reveals EQV Long-Range Concept MPV"

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Looks like a nice van. Expensive but nice. Battery size is good. But only 100km in 15min? Shouldn’t such a big battery enable a higher charge rate than 100kW or so. At least it doesn’t seem like they enabled 150kW or more.

100kW charging isn’t that bad… sure it’d be nice to see more, but at least this isn’t another concept car laughably claiming to charge to 80% in 5 minutes. Good efficiency is still better than fast charging in a world where some power still comes from coal and most chargers are still only 50kW. But this seems like very close to production. I hope it can take enough weight for a Marco Polo version! Of course, that would probably cost more than all of my organs on the black market, so kind of moot at this point.

My only concern here is price. Minivans should be less than $50,000. 100 kWh batteries are expensive, so likely difficult keeping under $75k.

Minivans are most families long distance vehicles, so having 150 kW+ charging is critical for many. Okay if you don’t regularly take it further than 200 miles or so in a single day.

This might work for some though, and likely shares a lot with the EQC. My hunch is VW has a better feel for EVs though, offering quicker charging and probably better value.

Rivian R1T with 105 kWh pack starts at $69k. While we don’t know the feature lineup of either in detail, a van is likely less expensive to build than an SUT.
So there is hope they can get it done for less than $60k with reasonable appointments.

Fair enough, if this is similar to EQC, if that vehicle actually starts at $70,000 this will be cheaper given only 1 motor and a lot less power, etc. Maybe $60k is reasonable.

I’m surprise by MB, since it’s a “CONCEPT”, why not just say 80% in 5 minutes…. everyone else is claiming it.

This might be aimed at the Chinese luxury market. I hear that tricked-out V-series vans are all the rage with affluent Chinese businesspeople.

I think this is great news!
When can we get it?
What will it cost?

Yes, I do too!
Too long from now!
A lot!

These are the new limousines. Luxury and tons of space inside. It is nice that they made it electric now.

Hope they make one with 9 seats as well.
This will probably cost $100k +

So . . About the same as the ICE version in Norway then..

Great EV model. Lots of room and 8 seats.

The price will be premium level. Probably more than €100,000.-

Tesla should also design something like this in the near future.

No, they really shouldn’t.

Very strongly agree. Tesla simply doesn’t have the resources to compete in every (sub-)segment of the car/truck market. They (and we) would be much better served if they focused on a somewhat limited range of vehicles. Right now, they have the Y, a pickup, and the semi in the works. That’s plenty.

That is a great application. They might also offer one with a lower battery capacity for shorter trips, as this kind of vehicle would be perfectly suited for taxi/hotel transfer where charge breaks are possible.

Bingo! A fleet-optimized version could do very well.

Is this the version with Tesla tech inside… part of the proposed collaboration?

Unlikely, this is the EQ series, so likely a different form factor and setup of EQC SUV.

I believe the proposed collaboration was for the Sprinter platform.

Please sell this vehicle in Canada in 2020…I would love to buy one.

Is this coming to the US?

Something like this would be great if they added more doors (up to four door per side or a door per row of seats) and this was used as a shuttle service…Campus or business complexs…